The Public Consultation  on the Agricultural Policy for the Maltese Islands 2018 – 2028, has been launched today by the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.
The policy is intended to steer the agricultural sector into a more sustainable direction by providing the means along which it can develop and flourish.
This is whilst remaining within the parameters of the Common Agricultural Policy and other applicable regulations.
The government said that a ‘vision’ for the Maltese agriculture sector was identified and agreed upon between government entities, representatives of the private sector and the farming community, with the following targets:
Increasing the competitiveness of active farmers and livestock breeders by focusing on quality and encouraging diversification; Facilitating the entry of young farmers by creating a cost-effective agri-business sector; Fostering sustainability of farming activities by adapting to the local geo-climatic conditions; Ensuring that farmland is managed by genuine farmers for agricultural purposes and related activities.
Photograph by Alain Salvary